Exercise Benefits / Facts
Will the high winds and flooding of the next major hurricane hit your workplace?
Do you have a plan in place to keep your doors open after the hurricane strikes?
Has your plan been tested?
Be Ready Alliance Coordinating For Emergencies (BRACE) undertook an initiative to conduct a workplace disaster exercise entitled “Hurricane Biz”. This exercise provided workplace owners and managers an opportunity to enhance their disaster readiness while assessing current disaster response capabilities.
During the exercise, management and staff had the opportunity to work together as a unified disaster response team. The team worked through the various activities associated with preparing for, then responding to and recovering from, a category two hurricane.
It is late July and local citizens have been complacent in their hurricane preparedness activities because this year’s hurricane season has not even seen its first tropical storm. Families are making their last minute plans for their summer vacations while local business owners and government agencies are thinking that the hurricane season could be very inconsequential.
However weather forecasters are predicting a major change in the atmosphere that could see a sharp increase in the number and severity of hurricanes within the next few weeks.
By early August local residents, business owners and government officials begin to follow the projected path of the season’s first tropical storm.
Soon the storm strengthens into Hurricane Adam as it continues its forward movement.
A Hurricane Biz Exercise Briefing video has been produced to ensure that workplace owners and managers as well as their employees are ready to successfully partake in the exercise. This video provides valuable information regarding preparing for and participating in an exercise.
Access and view the Exercise Briefing.
The Hurricane Biz Exercise was held in the on March 14, 2013, at locations throughout Escambia County Florida.